Mommy Moment - How much is too much caffeine?

A South Carolina teen’s tragic death is making nationals headlines. 16-year-0ld Davis Allen Cripe died last month after ingesting too much caffeine, according to USA Today.

A local coroner reports that the teen who collapsed in a classroom, suffered a “caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia” after ingesting a large Diet Mountain Dew, a cafe latte from McDonald’s and an energy drink over the course of about two hours.

Davis was reportedly perfectly healthy and had no family history of medical problems. The coroner has been careful however to not call his death a caffeine overdose but added that Davis had “a previous history of drinking” caffeinated beverages.

Davis consumed his first beverage around 12:40 p.m. and by 2:28 p.m. he’d collapsed in class. At 3:40 p.m. he was pronounced dead.

Too much caffeine for adults can be dangerous so no more than 300 - 400mg a day !!!!!!!!

Ages 12 and Under

Caffeine isn’t recommended for children under 12. Occasionally, some doctors may recommend caffeine for children diagnosed with ADHD, but generally, there really is no reason for children under 12 to consume caffeine.

For children 4 or older an occasional caffeinated soda or chocolate treat will likely pose no concern and around 45mg per day¹ is recognized as a safe amount, but caffeine shouldn’t be a daily part of a child’s diet.

Ages 13-18

While greatly limiting caffeine to this age group would be ideal, because of the increasing demands placed on teenagers in regards to school, sports, and even work; caffeine consumption is becoming more common with this age group.

Developing teens should have no more than 100mg of caffeine daily² due to the importance of sleep, brain development, inexperience with caffeine, and possibly unknown medical conditions.

This is equivalent to about:

1.3 Shots of espresso1.25 8 fl.oz. Red Bulls.5 of a 5 Hour Energy Shot.6 of a 16 fl.oz. can of Monster Energy Drink.2 of a Starbucks Venti brewed coffee3 12 fl.oz. Cokes


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